New Mayor and Deputy Mayor

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Councillor Bernadene Voss was elected as Port Phillip Council Mayor.

At a Special Council Meeting last month, Cr Bernadene Voss (Sandridge Ward) was elected unopposed with Cr Serge Thomann (Catani Ward) voted in as Deputy Mayor.

Cr Voss said the Council, which has one year remaining of a four-year term, had made great progress towards achieving its wide-ranging Council Plan for the community. “We will all roll our sleeves up again and continue our journey. Being elected is a great honour and I am excited to think of what we can all achieve in our last year of this Council term.”

Cr Voss said many milestones had been achieved over the past 12 months. These included Council’s proposal for the Ferrars Street education precinct, working closely with the community on a masterplan for the iconic St Kilda Triangle site and saving the Palais. Construction had started on a much-needed new St Kilda Life Saving Club and the Fitzroy Street streetscape upgrade, due to be finished later this month, was part of a host of amenity improvements to the City’s vibrant villages.

“We will also continue our long-standing advocacy for good planning and early delivery of infrastructure for the Fishermans Bend Urban Renewal Area through our participation in the Fishermans Bend Ministerial Advisory Committee.”

Cr Voss said challenges were expected to continue to arise over the next year.

“The introduction of rates capping and other external pressures means we will be operating in a constrained financial environment over the coming year. We will be working closely with our community as we respond to these financial challenges, and other, often complex issues, in a transparent, respectful way.”

Cr Thomann, who is serving his third stint as Deputy Mayor, said Council would continue to do its best to support the community. “I look forward to another 12 months working as a team on projects including a great outcome for the St Kilda Triangle.”

Crs Voss and Thomann both praised the dedication and efforts of Outgoing Mayor Amanda Stevens, who served three consecutive terms as Mayor.

Cr Stevens (Albert Park Ward) said it had been a privilege to serve. “It’s been a challenging and rewarding experience and I’d like to thank everyone for their contributions”.

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